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MLB: Expos Edge Braves - 2003-07-26


The Montreal Expos have scored a game-ending run on a wild pitch in the 11th inning to cool off the Atlanta Braves, who still have the best record in major league baseball.

Montreal tied the game in the ninth inning on a two-out double by Ron Calloway off Atlanta closer John Smoltz, then went on to win, 9-8.

The San Francisco Giants, who have the second-best record in the majors, got a game-ending, three-run home run from Pedro Felix to beat the San Diego Padres, 5-2.

In other National League games Friday, Arizona's Shea Hillenbrand drove in the game-ending run in the 15th inning, giving the Diamondbacks a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Colorado's Tsao Chin-hui became the first Taiwanese pitcher in the majors, winning his debut as the Rockies defeated the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, 7-3.

The other National League winners were the Mets, Marlins, Pirates and Cubs.

The New York Mets got by the visiting Cincinnati Reds, 3-1. The Florida Marlins scored eight times in the eighth inning, including back-to-back, bases-loaded walks for the tie, then the lead, on the way to crushing the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, 11-5. The Pittsburgh Pirates scored six runs in the eighth inning in St. Louis to beat the Cardinals, 10-5. And the Chicago Cubs downed the Astros in Houston, 5-3, behind Carlos Zambrano, who pitched into the ninth inning after hitting a game-tying two-run homer.

In the American League, Yankees star Derek Jeter lofted a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to give New York a 4-3 win over the rival Red Sox in Boston. The victory boosted the league-leading Yankees to a three-and-a-half game edge over second-place Boston in the AL East.

The other American League winners Friday were the White Sox, Royals, Twins, Blue Jays, Mariners and Athletics.

Chicago's Frank Thomas became the 36th player ever to reach 400 career homers as he led the White Sox to a 7-2 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Kansas City Royals defeated the hapless Tigers, 8-3, in Detroit. Minnesota's Doug Mientkiewicz hit a tie-breaking double in the ninth inning to give the Twins a 6-5 win over the Indians in Cleveland.

Toronto's Carlos Delgado hit his league-leading 29th homer as the Blue Jays downed the visiting Baltimore Orioles, 5-3. The Seattle Mariners used three home runs in a six-run fourth inning to beat the visiting Texas Rangers, 11-5. And the Oakland Athletics got two runs in the eighth inning and another in the ninth to edge the host Anaheim Angels, 3-2.